War of the Rebellion: Serial 005 Page 0754 OPERATIONS IN MD., N. VA., AND W. VA. Chapter XIV.

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BUDD'S FERRY, March 13, 1862.

Brigadier-General MARCY:

The bridges at Aquia Creek are still standing and guarded. Two Northern men have arrived at Liverpool Point from Fredericksburg yesterday. They represent large numbers of troops in the vicinity of Fredericksburg. They have been using the batteries at Aquia to-day. We can take possession of the bridges, if you desire, between this and morning, with the aid of the Stepping Stones. My negro spies are not in, but this information is reliable.

JOSEPH HOOKER,

Brigadier-General.

WASHINGTON CITY, D. C., March 14, 1862 - 8.45 a. m..

Major General JOHN E. WOOL, Commanding at Fortress Monroe:

The following dispatch from General McClellan has been received by this Department:

FAIRFAX COURT-HOUSE, March 13 - 11.20 p. m..

Honorable E. M. STANTON, Secretary of War:

I would be glad to have instructions given to General Wool that the troops and stores now being sent down to Fort Monroe are of my command and not to be appropriated by him.

GEO. B. MCCLELLAN,

Major-General.

The request of General McClellan is approved, and you are instructed to act in accordance with it, and to acknowledge the receipt of this communication.

EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.

FAIRFAX COURT-HOUSE, March 14, 1862.

(Received 11.45 a. m.)

Honorable E. M. STANTON, Secretary of War:

Have placed General Richardson in command of General Sumner's division instead of Kearny, who prefers remaining with his old brigade. Please inform the President.

GEO. B. MCCLELLAN,

Major-General.

FAIRFAX COURT-HOUSE, March 14, 1862 - 1.30 p. m..

General R. B. MARCY:

Direct General Banks to leave General Shields' command at Winchester for the present, including all cavalry of the divisions of Banks and Shields - General Banks to come in person here as soon as possible, preceding his old division.

GEO. B. MCCLELLAN,

Major-General, Commanding.